PEADAR DONOHOE – Artistic Director & Performer

Peadar DonohoeDr. Peadar Donohoe is artistic director of Cyclone Rep, drama coach at Cork School of Music and has conducted a research PhD on the uses of Roleplay to prevent Bullying through Trinity College, Dublin. As Artistic Director and founder of Cyclone Repertory Company, Peadar is best known for his versions of Shakespeare’s plays entitled: “The Shakespeare Sessions” (Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth) which are abridged versions of the originals which break the fourth wall, invite learner interaction, participation and discussion. He has directed and acted in numerous other works including Romeo and Juliet for Tantalus, Suicide Notes for the Cork Mental Health Foundation, The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet (Cyclone co-productions with the Cork Opera House, Lone Star (Cyclone), The Quest for the National Chamber Choir, Letter from Iraq (Tantalus), Marat/Sade (Dramask); Play the Piano Drunk (Cyclone/Medaza). Peadar has been an invited speaker at conferences, and has delivered lectures and workshops in academic and professional institutions. He has written plays and articles for journals including “Assessing Learner Modalities” (Goethe Institute), “The Bullying Prevention Pack” (An Leanbh Og) and “The Bullying Circle” (Cyclone). Currently, he has just written, directed and produced “The Bullying Prevention Session” which is a play, discussion, presentation and workshop that explores how the actions and perceptions of participant players can foster either a climate for bullying or promote an environment that prevents bullying. Peadar has also published numerous research articles some of which can be  downloaded from ResearchGate.  To view, please follow this link: Peadar Donohoe on Research Gate



MARCUS BALE – Company Manager & Performer

Marcus BaleMarcus Bale trained in Buenos Aires for seven years in different Actors Studios. He also studied all over the world Improvisation, Clown, Circus, Mime, Physical, Mask and Anthropological Theatre. He has performed and directed in Ireland and abroad more than 50 plays ranging from Shakespeare to Clown, Commedia dell’Arte, Improvisation based-formats, Classics and much more. Since 2002 he has been giving workshops on Improvisation, Clowning, Commedia dell’ Arte, & the Techniques of Grotowski, LeCoq, Barba & Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, always emphasising the physical aspect of theatre. He has taught in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada, UK & Argentina. In 2001 he co-founded Cyclone Comedy Improv Troupe & BYOB Theatre Company. In 2002 he was co-founder of the Snatch Comedy Improv Troupe with whom he still performs all over Ireland and abroad. He taught & directed “The Spirit of Sign”, Cork Deaf Community Drama group & is also guest teacher at the Theatre Courses in Kinsale College of Further Education, Coláiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy & KCAT Drama Course in Callan, Kilkenny. He is regularly invited to teach drama in Germany, Italy and UK. He is the creator and editor of the Irish Bulletin for Actors & Actresses, a resource that provides information to actors and actresses all over the country about working possibilities, and has currently more than 2000 members. He is Company Manager and a founding member of Cyclone Rep Company as well as a performer. For Cyclone Rep, he co-directed all of  The Shakespeare Sessions and also wrote the editions of “The Macbeth Session” and “The Othello Session”. He has also directed in 2014 (this time on his own) Cyclone Rep’s show “The King Lear Session”, using  a good dose of Commedia dell’Arte and Clowning techniques in the process.


AOIFE CLARKE – Stage Manager

Aoife Clarke is a Stage Manager based in Cork. Most recently Aoife produced Lex Talionis (A Tale of Vengeance & Feathers) with Wandering Star which appeared at Dublin Fringe Festival and Cork Midsummer 2018.  Previous SM credits include: The Lonesome West (Everyman Theatre), In Clouds (Sparsile Collective), Punk Rock (Granary Theatre), NEON Western (Conflicted Theatre), Dancing At Lughnasa (Everyman Theatre), American Idiot: The Musical (CIT Musical Society), Debris (Wandering Star), JACK, A Great Arrangement, God Bless The Child and Love Really (Patrick Talbot Productions), and Playhouse Creatures and Ladies Of Jane (Empire Line Productions) For Tangled Stars Theatre Co. Aoife has produced bedbound (Enda Walsh) and Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Aoife holds a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies (UCC) and an ALCM(TD) (London College)


KIERAN O’LEARY – Performer

With over 40 productions under his belt, including, theatre, film, television and radio, Kieran has been involved with theatre companies in Cork city and county for over 20 years, including Cyclone Rep, Cork Rep Company, Tangled Stars, and many others. He is the current chairperson of The Cork Shakespearean  Company, “The Loft”, where he has been a member for 20 years. He has produced, directed, and performed in many productions for The Loft, most recently as director of HAMLET, a sold-out production which ran in the Cork Arts Theatre during November, 2016. His most recent acting role was “Arthur” in Tangled Stars Theatre Company’s production of Ross Howard’s Arthur & Esther. He is also a two-time winner of the “Fiona Shaw Shakespeare Perpetual Cup” in the Feis Maitiu, Cork in 2010 and 2012. Although he has performed in a temporary capacity with Cyclone Rep in the past, he is delighted to now be a part of the full-time crew and looking forward to performing in many more shows around the country.


LEAH WOOD – Performer

Leah is an actress from Cork who began her love of acting when she enrolled in Speech and Drama lessons in primary school and later joined the Wolfe Stage School as a teenager where she performed in their annual Easter Pantos ‘Cinderella’ (2010) as the Duchess and ‘The Golden Ticket’ (2011) as Frau Gloop in the Everyman Palace Theatre as well as ‘The Crucible’ as Ann Putnam in the Cork Arts Theatre before going on to work with the school as a drama teaching assistant. Leah studied Performing Arts in Coláiste Stoifáin Naofa from 2014-2015 and was a co-writer on their end of year production. She has starred in a number of short plays in the Cork Arts Theatre’s short play events ‘Shorts’ (January 2016) and ‘Views From a Hill’ (March 2016) among them ‘Sex, Lies, and Pails of Water’ a comedic improvised retelling of the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. Leah performed one and half shows as an understudy for Juliet in the Cork Shakespearean Company’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (May 2016) before taking on the role of Ophelia in the company’s production of ‘Hamlet’ (November 2016). Leah has also studied Acting for Camera with ActorsVision and has had roles in various short films.



Stephen studied ‘Performing Arts’ and ‘Broadcast Media’ at Coláiste Stoifáin Naofa from 2014 – 2017. In 2018 he went on to receive a BA Hons in ‘Acting and Media Production’ at the University of Sunderland. Stephen moved to Cork from the countryside at the age of seven and later joined the Wolfe Stage School. From 2007 to 2014, Stephen played a primary role in their annual pantomimes, played Bottom in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2010), Samuel Paris in a production of ‘The Crucible’ (October 2013), and multiple parts in the ensemble performance of ‘The Laramie Project’ (September 2014). Stephen played Paris in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (May 2016) in addition to Rozencrantz and one of the Gravedigger duo in ‘Hamlet’ (November 2016) with the Cork Shakespearean Company. In film, Stephen has played a diverse range of roles and has worked with many different organisations. He is an alumni of Helium Arts’ ‘Two Suitcases Film Project’ with showings and awards internationally. In ‘It’s Closer Than You Think’ he worked alongside Northumbria Police’s ‘Modern Day Slavery Project’. In the ‘Bystander Project’ Stephen had the challenging task of representing Autusm in an anti-bullying scenario as the character of David. Stephen is always looking to explore new mediums and in 2017 he directed, produced, and played Greg in the radio drama ‘Flesher’s Week’. His passion for education and performance led him to join Cyclone Rep in 2018 where he performs in ‘The Romeo and Juliet Session’ and ‘The Merchant Session’.